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CSPAN
Dec 13, 2012 9:00am EST
little more to avoid a fiscal cliff. and nearly two-thirds of those polled, including many who didn't vote for president obama in november, say that he has a mandate to reduce the deficit by raising taxes on the wealthy. mr. president, we on the democratic side are going to recognize that seven of our senators are retiring. that's really unfortunate. that's the decision they have made and it's, as i've indicated on more than one occasion, parting is sweet sorrow. we had a celebration last week and talked about those seven senators, and it was really a wonderful evening. so i've come here to the senate floor to talk about these individual senators. today i'm going to talk about senator herb kohl. herb kohl had to overcome adversity to become a united states senator. the history of herb kohl and his family overwhelmed me. he's a humble man. he doesn't talk much. i was stunned the other day, i guess it was last week, we had a guest rabbi, rabbi kohl from canada. it doesn't mean much hearing that name because it is a fairly common name. but after he finished, herb kohl, a man of humility, gave us a little bit of his background which we never heard before. senator kohl's cousin, rabbi kohl ser
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 9:00am EST
, he's not particularly interested in avoiding the fiscal cliff, and he's clearly not interested at all in cutting any spending. what the president is really interested in, as we learned just yesterday, is getting as much taxpayer money as he can, first, by raising taxes on small business that he believes are making too much money and then on everybody else, not so he can lower the debt or the deficit but so he can spend to his heart's contefnlts for months the president has been saying all he wants is to raise taxes on the top 2% so he can tackle the debt and the deficit. however, yesterday he finally revealed that's not really his true intent. by demanding the power to raise the debt limit whenever he wants, by as much as he wants, he showed what he's really after is assuming unprecedented power to spend taxpayer dollars without any limit at all. this isn't about getting a handle on deficits or debt for him. it's about spending even more than he already has. why else would he demand the power to raise the debt limit on his own? by the way, why on earth would we ever consider giving a president who's brought us four years of $1 trillion unchecked deficits authority to borrow? he's the last person who should have limitless borrowing power. the only way w
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 12:00pm EST
-called fiscal cliff. we understand that this needs to be avoided. going off the fiscal cliff could cause a major damage to our economy. if we take no action by january 1, as i'm sure most people are now aware, tax rates will go back for all taxpayers to the pre-bush tax rates. the alternative minimum tax that shields tens of millions of americans from paying extra income taxes will expire and millions of americans will be subject to extra taxes. the unemployment insurance program will come, the extended benefit program will come to a halt, the payroll tax holiday will end and individuals' take-home pay will be reduced. we have a serious problem on medicare reimbursement to our physicians. they would be subjected to a significant cut, close to 30% which would have an impact on seniors and our disabled population having access to physician care. and we would go through what's known as sequestration which is across-the-board cuts to almost all federal programs ranging from 8% to about 10% across the board cuts. that would have a major impact on our entire country. we've looked at the numbers in maryland and could be as many as 60,000 jobs lost in our own state of maryland. we have a large federal work f
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 11:00pm EST
president of americans for tax reform, discussed republicans and negotiating the fiscal cliff and debating on the spending increases. then our guest from kaiser health talks about the potential impact of the fiscal cliff on medicare. "washington journal" starts at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. >> i've been on that list, they are as good as gold. >> all of us in this country are starting to see people coming out and talking about their experience of this phenomenon. though many of us have experienced this in one way or another and have no words for it other than adolescence when growing up. i think there was a moment where there was a possibility for change. the director and i, to start the film, i have the feeling that opinions are bubbling up and coming to the surface to say to say this is something that we can can't accept any more as part of our culture. and he alone has followed up her award-winning film by gathering essays and personal stories together in her book, bully on "after words" on c-span2. find more booktv online and like us on facebook. >> north dakota senator kent
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 12:00pm EST
consensus building. with bipartisan consensus, i believe we can avert the fiscal cliff looming before us and put our nation on a sustainable fiscal path. to do anything less could put our nation and our future at risk. in little more than a month, nearly $400 billion in tax increases will combine with sequestration, more than $100 billion in mandatory across-the-board spending cuts over one year, to drag our nation over the so-called fiscal cliff. what those tax increases mean to an average american family of four earning $50,000 a year is over $2,000 in higher income taxes. add to that expiration of the alternative minimum tax patch, new taxes mandated by the federal health care bill, and the reinstatement of the death tax, which will impact the next generation of farmers, ranchers, and small business owners, which americans will see the largest tax increase in the history of our country. if all of this happens, the congressional budget office predicts the nation's economy will shrink next year and the unemployment rate could rise again. in other words, we go back into recession. i believe we can avoid the fiscal cliff and address our massive deficit but that requires doing three essential things: reforming our tax code, reforming entitlement programs, and better
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2012 8:00pm EST
fiscal cliff in that you have to do amt this year, and you -- because unless you really intend people to pay that additional tax. it would be very hard in the middle of the tax filing system to reverse that decision. now, you are, i think, correct in the second piece of the fiscal cliff. that is the tax rates that will apply next year. arguably, you don't have to take action this year, you have the whole of next year during which you can reach resolution to that issue. now, the only reason why i think that's an extraordinarily bad idea is i think it would be viewed quite unfavorably by the financial markets. and so you could see a reaction. and it is really bad tax policy to be legislating in the middle of the tax year on the basic structure of the income tax for that year. >> host: we'll go to jeff in tampa, florida, independent caller. >> caller: good morning, how you doing? >> host: good morning, sir. >> caller: yes, i have a question for mr. buckley, and this is more -- it may be a little generic, but something that a couple of my friends and i have talked about and just trying a basic understanding of. instead
CSPAN
Dec 13, 2012 12:00pm EST
jobs? when we're talking about this fiscal cliff, we're not talking about having a jobs component in it. when are we going to start talking about tax breaks so we can have an infrastructure bank, so we can rebuild america using american products. and why is it when they say you want it made in america, they call us protectionist. well, i welcome the call of protection. i want to protect american jobs. i don't want them on a slow boat to china or a fast track to mexico. i might not ever get my steel mill back. baltimore might not ever have those jobs back but, you know, we've got to get serious in our country, what are our priorities. we have to start rewarding those industries that make products in this country. right now our whole code is oriented to protecting people who make money off of money. well, let me tell you, one day america -- we're already getting a big wake-up call. so, madam president, i have fought for more than 25 years to reverse this tide against american manufacturing and against american steel, and i'm going to keep on fighting. but right now as we go on to -- debating this fiscal cliff, we've got to make sure we look
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 9:00am EST
only way that we're ever going to achieve the right result in this debate over the fiscal cliff. so we call on speaker boehner, before you go home to relax in ohio for christmas, let families across america relax knowing that they're not going to see their income tax rates go up on january 1. this is worth $2,200 to the average family in my home state of illinois, and i say to the speaker, it's worth that to families across the united states. for the good of this nation, for the good of the economy, for the good of these working families, for goodness sakes, pass this measure, this bipartisan measure that passed the senate last july. get this part done. we can debate the rest, but give peace of mind to meese working families and -- but give peace of mind to these working families and middle-income families that they're not going it see their income tax go up. madam president, i yield the floor. madam president, i ask unanimous consent to speak on a separate issue to be placed in a separate place in the record. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. durbin: madam president, it was a disappointing day yesterday when the united states senate failed by five votes to pass the convention on disabilities. it is a measure that i'd worked on with former c
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 5:00pm EST
going on now and the fiscal cliff, but what's really important is that both senator baucus and his counterpart in the house, chairman camp work together i believe on developing ideas for tax reform will be some of the lead folks who are shepherding whatever kind of framework, hopefully comes out of the fiscal cliff to their committees to help develop the details of how to do entitlement reform and tax reform. so we are very like you have with us today chairmen bockius who is somebody who's been thinking about these ideas for quite some time, hazard immense amount of expertise and will talk to us today about where the situation stands and where hopefully we will be able to move from there. thank you so much, senator. [applause] >> thank you very much, maya. thank everyone here for fix the debt, putting the fix to get conference together. this is an interesting senate. have my back to all these a luminaries here. i don't know whether there will be darts in my back or spitballs, whatever it's going to be, but it's good to be here and try to help any way i can. i first want to commend erskine bowles and senator alan simpson, retired coalition for your laserlike focus on this. you ar
CSPAN
Dec 9, 2012 10:45pm EST
a fantasy. we accept whatever obama wants dhaka duty triet if you want to with the fiscal cliff requires, much like the land of oz with the person hiding behind the machines to raise taxes now and they violated the fiscal cliff. t want to stand up and provide america the fiscal clef, do you want to go on the national and explain that you are so reactionary and out of touch with life that you don't care that america is going to die late on their state? it's all right if that is the kind of person that you are. you will never be on television because after all, you are clearly weird. [laughter] let me start with the fiscal cliff right here and say there is no fiscal cliff. conservatives and republicans are demoralized. get over it. we did a number of stupid things. they were smarter than we work, work harder than we did, fought longer than we did, did some clever things. ronald reagan, one of the most important single statements is february, 1975 in washington that the conservative political action committee meeting. now, i was part of this. i have no sense of timing. so i picked one. [laughter] ayman georgia. i have a strange accent, a weird name. this was beyond not clever.
CSPAN
Dec 10, 2012 12:00pm EST
, the fiscal cliff presents us with a pivotal moment. how we tax our citizens is ultimately a question of what we stand for. with respect to the death tax, the question is whether we stand for families and jobs or whether we stand for redistribution regardless of the consequences. we need to resolve the death tax policy. we can no longer afford to put small business, family farms and individuals in a position where each year uncertainty about the death tax rate and exemption amount causes them to divert income away from creating jobs and towards unnecessary death tax planning. this is important stuff, and it's not something that can just blindly, just wipe out. it is time for the president to lead on this issue. the president tellingly said when he was running for president in 2008 that his experience running for president was one of the critical bullets on his resume qualifying him for the job. other than writing and part-time teaching, president obama has made a career running for office. well, he will never run for office again, as far as he is concerned. it is time to put aside the
CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 12:00pm EST
heard the conversation over the spending cuts and the fiscal cliff negotiations. two questions on that. does that suggest there is an instance we are no longer talking about tax cuts or tax increases? and where is the administration? i know you guys have argued a lot of details on spending cuts, but are you prepared to offer more? do they have a letter from ceos urging spending cuts and entitlement reforms and so forth be multiple and is the white house prepared to do more on that? >> let me take your questions in relative order. first of all, i did hear what the speaker of the house had to say. and i would note if there is one fact that should not be in dispute it ought to be this the president, unlike any other party to these negotiations, has put forth detailed spending cuts, as well as detailed revenue proposals. it is a simple fact that the president put those four would to the not so super super committee in september 2011, and that he, again, in the process of these negotiations, put them forward as his position when it came to both the revenue that was required to achieve the kind of balanced deficit reduction package on the scale of $4 trillion the was ne
CSPAN
Dec 13, 2012 5:00pm EST
where are we today? we're talking about the fiscal cliff. the president campaigned around this country, and he said i have got a balanced plan, and that balanced plan is going to have so much in spending cuts and so much in tax increases, it needs to be balanced, and you republicans, we have got to have more tax increases, our country needs to get itself on a sound financial path, and i have got a deficit reduction plan. and he ran an ad, he ran an ad in the last months of this campaign that said i have a plan to pay down the debt. earlier this year his budget director came before the committee and would not disavow the claim the president has a plan to pay down the debt. and i would just say that that is one of the greatest financial misrepresentations ever, that the president of the united states would tell the american people don't worry, elect me, i've got a plan to pay down the debt. when he has no such plan. nothing close to it. under the score of the congressional budget office, over the next ten years we will add almost $9 trillion -- we will add $9 trillion in debt of the united states. add 9 trillion more dollars. that's almost a trillion dollars a year for ten years on average. it goes down some in the mid
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 7:30am EST
cliff on monday and emphasizes the administration's position on higher taxes for the wealthy. he spoke at a center for american progress forum titled investing in the future, higher education, innovation and american competitiveness. this is 40 minutes. >> it is my great privilege to introduce gene sperling, director of the white house national economic council and assistant the president for economic policy. gene sperling also is a former senior fellow at the center for american progress, pro-growth progressive. and the connection between innovation, education, ensuring we have an economy that works for everyone. i want to say having served in the administration, there is no one in the administration who is more focused on america's long-term competitiveness, short term competitiveness, midterm competitiveness, when the president is talking about issues which are critical to him, america maintains its edges in the global economy, and all of its citizens to students to people dreaming about being the next generation of innovators, policies that helped achieve that. higher education k-1
CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 6:00am EST
that in perspective. the debate rahs ling over on the fiscal cliff, if you raised all the dollars and taxes proposed, you only get $31 billion in a year, and they're requesting more than what we'd even get from that. so we need to be good stewards. yes, we want movement, yes, we want it to work right. before we make an investment again, shouldn't we review the business plan? secondly is an issue that mr. denham raised. this was put before the california voters. yes, it looks different today. as a california voter, i personally think you'd have to go back to the california because it's not what was proposed. it said there'd be private funding. there is no proposed private funding as of today. there's no money in, and i question whether it'll be in the future. so does the federal government -- is the federal government now on the hook for the rest of the plan which the voters were asked for and said would come? if we are the biggest funders of this, why would we not -- [inaudible] to what they said they would do? that is a question we all have to do. thirdly, when you read the business plan and you li
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 5:00pm EST
putting something together to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, the disastrous i ask unanimous consent sequences of our not acting, tax increases for every american taxpayer, massive cuts to defense at a time when the threats around the world are as varied and as great as we've seen in a long time. other essential programs of the federal government being affected by that. that's the last thing we need in this tepid economy with a lot of people out of work and hoping for some consensus to come together to provide a -- a long-term solution to our fiscal problem that continues to have a negative effect on our economy and more importantly, keeps people out of work. and so as that clock ticks, some are saying, well, partisanship is just too great in washington. the country's too divided. we're not going to be able to reach a consensus here in terms of how to address this problem. i disagree with that. over the last two years, and more, we have had a number of proposals brought forward on a bipartisan basis. it started with simpson-bowles, the former chief of staff to president clinton and al for a lon time, recognized asy two indivi
CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 5:00pm EST
fiscal cliff and about the tax cuts that sunset at the end of the year, all we've been hearing since the election is about what are we going to do about taxes? that's a very significant thing as a result of the last election because i think it's a foregone conclusion there's going to be more revenue raised. but if we raise the amount of revenue that the president wants raised and raise it from the 2% that he wants to raise it from -- the wealthy -- that's only going to run the government for eight days. so what do you do the other 357 days? or if you look at the deficit, it will only take care of 7% of the $1 trillion-plus deficit that we have every year. what about the other 93%? so the point being that we can talk about taxes and taxes and taxes, but it's not going to solve the fiscal problems facing our nation. we don't have a taxing problem. we have a spending problem. and so we should have been spending the last three weeks talking about how we're going to take care of the other 93% of the problem. the president should have declared victory three weeks ago, and we wouldn't have had
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 8:00pm EST
. [laughter] >> senator, the fiscal cliff, abc wrote about the republican doomsday scenario, and that was that you vote for the senate bill, extending the bush tax cuts for 98% of the people and say to the president that's it, no more, come back on the debt ceiling. the "new york times" wrote about that as a fallback position. could you support that? >> well, first of all, i don't want to feed into the doomsday stuff. i'm confident there are enough people, the majority of people in the town that understand what we are playing with here, playing chicken with is the most important country in the world, and, you know, with are on the verge of doing significant, and, perhaps, lasting damage to the enormous and extraordinary country we inherited. nobody wants that to be a part of the public service legacy. that being said, before we talk about fiscal cliffs, remember, we are here because of the last fiscal cliff. since we had another fiscal cliff type scenario with the debt limit that credited the scenario that led to this, and this idea i voted against that, put bad things to happen at one time because that will force washington to do something. well, su
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 9:00am EST
taxes because of the fiscal cliff. i hope that both democrats and republicans in the house agree these working families don't need a tax increase. those who should pay an additional amount are those in the highest income categories. that's what president obama said. when we voted in the senate, we said those making $250,000 or less, those families, should have no increase in the income tax. i appeal to speaker boehner before he takes another recess in the house, please call this measure and pass it. it will give peace of mind to literally millions of american families who are wondering what's going to happen january 1. these are families, many of which, struggle from paycheck to paycheck. they have been falling behind. i get letters from them. from lansing, illinois, linda prototo me and said please vote to keep middle-class taxes from rising. $2,000, which is what they would increase on average, would help me to keep food on the table and gas in my car. it could even help someone else. please vote for the middle class. i will. and then from jeremy in princeville, illinois, i'm reaching out to you to ask you to continue to push
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 12:00pm EST
hire more. tomorrow our joint economic committee will be engaged in a hearing on fiscal cliff issues. we'll discuss strategies to create jobs, we'll discuss the implications of the fiscal cliff, and what happens if we don't get some work done by the house to pass the middle-income tax cut. we have to continue to focus on middle-income families, their lives, their struggles and what we can do to ensure they have more dollars in their pocket to continue economic growth. with that, mr. president, i will yield the floor. and note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: mr. schumer: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from new york. mr. schumer: i ask unanimous consent the quorum call be repealed. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. schumer: thank you, mr. president. first i want to thank my great colleague from pennsylvania, i enjoyed sharing a table last night with him and his beautiful, charming, intelligent wife, who he's lucky he would be the first to admit he's lucky to have married, and their four great girls. but second, thank him for his excellent, as usual, on-target remarks. we have a great chairman of the j.e.c. and every time he comes to the floor, it shows shoas. olympia snowe, bill kri
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2012 9:00am EST
heard about this fiscal cliff. that's the convergence of higher tax rates and, of course, all the spending. >> both parties, democrats and the republicans need to come together. >> the our three branches of government, and congress, and the president are equal. and pretty much neither one has the right position for the country. >> i know that america is going to be a great country again. and that will fix the problems we have at home, and bring together the two parties that are dividing the country, and fighting for different things. i know that this is going to happen. >> we're only going to get out of this together. we're not going to get out of it as a democrat. we're not going to get out of it as republican. we're going to get out of it as an american. >> thank you, ed. thank you, joan. we're going to get on with a program right now. let the introduce the moderator of that program, ron brownstein. on its editorial director of the "national journal," which means he oversees all the little coverage coming out of our company. he writes a weekly column for "national journal." is r
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2012 11:00pm EST
"washington journal", peter welch, on the latest development of the fiscal cliff negotiation. after that, joe shaw looks at the estate tax, which is set to go up the end of the year plus, your e-mails, phone calls, and tweets. "washington journal" is live at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. now come in a discussion of how the military and national security might be a affected by spending cuts at the first of the year. part of the so-called fiscal cliff. former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, mike mike mullen, was joined at how services committee. this is a less than an hour. >> good afternoon. thank you for coming. my name is peter peterson. i would like to give you a review of why we are supporting this project today. starting about 30 years ago, after studying the profound demographic trends, on the vast and unfunded promise we have made. i have decided was not unsustainable, but a primary threat to the future. speaking of unsustainable, in the nixon white house in which i served, the chairman of the council, if something is unsustainable, he says it continues to stop. or if you don't like that, if your worst eyes, i sugge
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2012 12:00pm EST
serious. it's like fiscal cliff bungee jumping. i believe the odds are good that there'll be some sort of deal made. >> let's get into the longer-term deal which i think almost everyone agrees, entitlement reform and tax reform is going to take place in 2013 and maybe 14. it's a long process but just in the short term, can the republicans, can enough republicans while a win say we don't like it but we will have to go along for now whether it's 39.6% rate in comeback with the promise next year of trying to lower it and broaden the base? >> i would much prefer we do the kind of reform that i laid out in a bill a few weeks ago, not inking this bill would become law but this bill would show a path forward with $4.5 trillion in savings. i think that, in the event that the house feels that when they see that the senate is obviously controlled by the democratic party and the democratic president, he basically have a president, let's say without being too exhorted is a one trick pony. the rate has always been talked about and really nothing else and in the event the house sees that there is no way out that ultimately you hold the rest of the country hostage if they don't do something. if they do that, what does happ
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2012 11:00pm EST
for the rest of the month under fiscal cliff. if you resell the dollar symbol the taxes has proposed, you'll make it 31 billion a year and they are requesting more than the kids for that. so we need to be stewards. yes, we want movement. guess he wants to work rate. before we make investment again, shouldn't be review the business? secondly, it's an issue that mr. denham raised. this is put before the california voters. guess it looks different today. as a california voter think you'd have go back because that's not what was proposed. it said there would be private funding. there is no proposed private funding as of today. there's no money in to question whether it will be in the future. so, does the federal government know that for the rest of the plan, which the voters asked for consent would come. if what the biggest funders of this, why would we not wait to what they said they would do? that is a question we all have to ask. thirdly, when you read the business plan and you live in my area, the number schist doughnut up. the millions of people they predict will ride the train for
CSPAN
Dec 10, 2012 8:30am EST
have a successful outcome not just to these fiscal cliff talks, but also to this longer-term issue of debt and deficit and economic growth. i was asked today to focus a little bit on what might be possible in terms of tax reform. i know tax reform and health care reform are the two topics we're discussing this morning and, again, i look forward to hearing from gene and also this distinguished panel behind us. with regard to the tax and health care reform issues, i'll make a simple point which is that if we go through this fiscal cliff discussion and do not take advantage of that opportunity to put in place reforms to the entitlement programs which are incredibly important but also up sustainable, and if we do not take advantage of it to look at our tax system which is antiquated, outdated, inefficient, we will have swappedderred the opportunity to really -- squanders the opportunity to address the long-term problem. we'll be right back on the cliff again. so the first fiscal cliff is approaching, we have to address it. if we do not, we'll see about $500 billion in tax increases, we'll see huge across the board arbitrary cuts including about 55 billion in defense which the congressional budget office, the fede
CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 9:00am EST
face the fiscal cliff. he said at one point that the president is calling for raising taxes $1.6 billion. that's true. but i would call to his attention the fact that the simpson-bowles commission suggested that 40% of the $4 trillion in deficit reduction come from revenue in taxes. what the president is suggesting is entirely consistent with that bipartisan group's call for more revenue in taxes as part of our deficit reduction. the president's made it clear, though, he wants to protect and insulate middle-income families from any income tax increases, and i agree with him. we should not raise the income taxes on those making less than $250,000 a year. i voted that way in july. we sent the bill to the house. it sits there. it languishes in the house because the speaker won't call it. he has his chance this week or the next to call that bill on the floor of the house of representatives to avoid any tax increase on middle-income families. that's an important thing for us to get done before we leave at the end of this particular session of congress. let me say that $1.6 trillion in
CSPAN
Dec 8, 2012 9:00am EST
page, chris makes this comment. this fiscal cliff media coverage is absurd. you people are grown adults. get something done. if i could get something done in my job, i would probably be terminated by now. enough already. do something for all americans, not just your party. >> guest: the only criticism i would have with that comment is we're not the ones that are negotiating. there's a limited number of people. i believe if you put me in the room i could get a deal done. but i wouldn't do it -- i would like all republicans up and say what is it we believe in? we willing to give $800 million in terms of income. here's what one for the. here's where we're going to stand. we had to reform medicare to some degree because the real spending is this demographic shift in growth and medicare entitlements. here's what we have to have. most people don't realize the size of token is twice the size was 11 years ago. how many people realize that? that in 11 just the federal government is twice the size in terms of dollars and people? most people don't realize that. so here's the things we have to have
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